The Triangle area is a wonderful place. I spent some time working at RDU and really enjoyed going to the Durham Bulls Minor League Baseball games. I worked at MSY before Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. With no work available at MSY I took a transfer to SMF. I really liked Sacramento, Ca but could not affford a home in that region. After spending more than a year at SMF I transferred to RDU and put my home up for sale in New Orleans. Unfortunately my home would not sell and I had to transfer back to MSY on the last recall for Southwest. It was two long years of seperation from my wife and son so the decision was made to return. We really would have liked to start a knew life in the Triangle area. It just did not work. If your looking for a great place to live, work, and have your kids in school I would say look into the triangle area of North Carolina. Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill have alot to offer.
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I think everyone wants to see that Southwest Airlines remains the successful company it is. However, that succes has been made posible by a workforce that has always gone the extra mile and then some regardless if you were at $8.60 hr as a new hire or at $24.00 hr after toping out after your 11th year on the ramp for example. No workforce in the industry can turn a aircraft in the time we do on the ramp today. The company has on numerous occasions since the last contract asked its workforce to increase its production with no monetary increases. Every request has been met by the workforce. Its not much to ask for at a minimum a cost of living increase after producing the way we have since 9/11/01. Its time for the company to step to plate and to do whats right. The employees have and always will be this company's greatest asset. If the Management team now in place wants to destroy what Herb and Colleen built so be it. Its a dangerous path and reverses what past leaders have always stated about the employees of Southwest Airlines. Treat your employees with respect and they will produce like they have always done. Its time to acknowledge and compensate this airlines greatest asset. Will the Company respond to us the way we responded to managements request in the past? Who Knows early indicators suggest otherwise.
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